November, 2023

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Canva and Databricks: The Two Big Potential SaaS / Cloud IPOs of 2024

SaaStr

So the IPO market sort of, kind of, reopened a bit in 2023 — after being closed for 2 years for the most part. Kalviyo, Instacart, and ARM all 3 great leaders, IPO’d in a short window, unfortunately, to a bit of a quiet thud. None really traded up, and for the most part, I think folks view their IPOs as a test around a brief market up-tick that didn’t taken.

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How Much Does it Cost to Use an LLM?

Tom Tunguz

How much does AI cost? It depends on a a few different dimensions, but for a typical use case where a user enters a query & expects about a 200 word response, the cost varies from $0.03 to $3.60. Different models cost different amounts. Also, the size of the context window is an important factor. The context window is a fancy way of saying the quantity of background information the user can provide to the AI.

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A Beginner's Guide to Google Search Console

The Moz Blog

Discover the value of Google Search Console for SEO, marketing, and business owners. Learn how this free tool provides insights into your site's performance, engagement, and technical issues. Learn how you can use GSC to make more informed decisions for your website.

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How to Create Personalized User Onboarding Journeys

Inturact

Personalized User Onboarding Journeys are tailored experiences designed to guide new users through a software application in a way that is specific to their individual needs, roles, or use cases.

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Merchant Insider Report: Payment Insights for Software Leaders

From emerging payment technologies to the importance of intuitive software design, the world of embedded payments is rapidly evolving. How do you stay ahead while serving up what merchants really want in your software offerings? The Merchant Insider report is here to help, offering unique insights into the merchant perspective. It analyzes responses from over 500 merchants in the U.S. and spans key industries, so you can understand the challenges, preferences, and expectations that are shaping s

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Hotjar Pricing: Is It Worth Your Investment? [+ Better Alternatives]

User Pilot

Investing in product analytics software can be a worthwhile investment as it helps you attain deeper insights into user behavior. That said, the Hotjar pricing model can be both expensive and confusing if you don’t familiarize yourself with all its quirks. In this guide, we’ll walk you through each subscription tier to help you find the right option for your needs!

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A Friendly Reminder to Cost-Cutters: Keep the Company a Great Place to Work for Survivors

Kellblog

It’s been a tough year. We’re currently in peak planning season for 2024. With capital scarce and expensive, with companies increasingly trapped in Schrödinger’s startup paradox , and with more startups than ever focused on positive cashflow and The Rule of 40 , it’s safe to say that Silicon Valley is still very much in a cost-cutting mood.

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Pilot: 57% of Venture Startups Will Need to Raise More In 2024

SaaStr

SaaS products and services like Pilot track the finances of 1,000s of SaaS and other startup so they’re an interesting source of hard data. What does Pilot’s latest data say? Something that’s both not surprising but also pretty impactful: 57% of venture-backed startups will have to go “back to market” in 2024 to raise more capital.

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The Software Industry's Productivity Boom: Analyzing Revenue per Employee Trends

Tom Tunguz

Recently, I was on the HR Heretics podcast and we talked about the increasing efficiency of software companies (in addition to other topics including the implications of AI for executives, how to diligence a candidate, & what board members expect of their people leaders). I realized It has been a decade since I’ve updated revenue-per-employee metrics.

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Canny Review

The Daily Egg

There’s perhaps no better way to enhance your product than hearing directly from customers and then incorporating their feedback. It’s no wonder. The post Canny Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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The Top 5 Ways to Monetize Your Subscriber Base

Grow your revenue with iolo’s comprehensive guide designed for senior business leaders. Discover effective methods to deliver premium features and monetize your subscriber base for maximum profitability. Gain practical insights and learn new approaches to drive sustainable growth in your business. Download your copy and start expanding your business today!

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Clouded Judgement 11.10.23 - OpenAI Updates + Datadog Gives the All-Clear?

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now OpenAI Updates OpenAI had their big developer day this week, and I wanted to call out two key announcements (and trends): increasing context windows and decreasing costs. When I think about the monetization of AI (and which “layers” monetize first) I’ve always thought it would follow the below order, with each layer lagging the one that comes be

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Q3 2023 FastSpring Feature Release: Achieving Subscription Growth, Faster

FastSpring

We are excited to share the release of three new groundbreaking features designed to turbocharge your subscription revenue! 1ClickPay, Trial Hopping Prevention, and Offers API are designed to boost your conversion rates and increase customer lifetime value. They also complement several other subscription focused capabilities we have released over 2023.

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The Next WebMD: An LLM as Your Front Door to Healthcare

Andreessen Horowitz

The internet and friends You’ve most likely had an experience like this: One day, you wake up with a hint of a headache and a sniffle. You sneeze. What do you do next? You Google it. You eventually land on WebMD. Was that sneeze a common cold or a bout of seasonal allergies? Or are you in fact dying from a rare form of nasal cancer? You determine you should see an allergist.

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5 Interesting Learnings From Bill at $1.2 Billion in ARR

SaaStr

So we’ve been fans of Bill.com for many years at SaaStr, and covered them from the very early days, as a niche product most hadn’t heard of. Well, fast forward to today and it’s truly an SMB powerhouse. At $1.2 Billion in ARR, it’s still growing 48% year-over-year. Yes, 48% at $1.2 Billion in ARR. How is SMB SaaS doing today?

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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What's Measured is Managed : Earnings Surprise in Public Software in Q3 2023

Tom Tunguz

Six quarters ago, profitability became the most important factor to public software valuations. 14 public software companies have reported earnings in this quarter so far. These companies’ earnings surprise has been prodigious. Earnings surprise is the difference between how much the market expected in earnings compared to actuals. Positive surprise means a better result than expected.

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Sift Review

The Daily Egg

If you’re an HR professional, business leader, or project manager tired of outdated organization charts and disorganized team member information, Sift may. The post Sift Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Why Digital Marketing Agencies Have it Tough in 2023 | 5-Minute Whiteboard

Sparktoro

3 months ago, a dear friend’s agency closed for good. 2 months ago, another close friend had a round of layoffs at their firm. And in just the last two weeks, I talked to four agency owners who reported their first revenue-declining year in the last five. It’s rough out there for a lot of digital marketing agency owners.

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Join FastSpring at Web Summit 2023!

FastSpring

Looking to join founders, tech enthusiasts, and world leaders who are discussing ways to redefine the tech industry? If so, join FastSpring at the Web Summit November 13-16th! We’d love to talk with you in person at booth E474 in Pavilion 4! Situated in Parque das Nações, Feira Internacional de Lisboa and Altice arena are the homes for Web Summit 2023 in Lisbon.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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42K+ Followers on LinkedIn: How I Built My Audience and How You Can Too

Buffer Resources

It was 2015, and I was in my first year of college when I learned about LinkedIn. Like any normal first-year, I rushed into the platform to create my account to enter the corporate world.  Four years passed, and my account was still sitting brand new with just my name and four or five connections.  Then, per my career objective to become a well-known writer at that time, I had to send my resume and a link to my LinkedIn profile for a gig at a very popular online magazine.

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Gartner: Software Spend Will Grow 13.8% in 2024, to Over $1 Trillion For The First Time

SaaStr

So things are all over the place these days. If you’re selling software to SMB merchants and outside of tech like Shopify and Toast and Monday , things are pretty, pretty good, if in some ways still harder than before. If you’re selling sales and marketing software, like Zoominfo, it can seem a lot tougher than 12-18 months ago. If you’re selling cloud infrastructure, for the most part, growth may be down a smidge but is still strong, e.g., MongoDB.

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Purchasing Patterns in Software : Positivity Punctuating Q3

Tom Tunguz

Vendr’s quarterly report on SaaS purchasing trends summarize the sentiment of the software market. Q2 was tough but Q3 is looking up. The average sales cycle has lengthened from 32 to 44 days for net new software, a 37% increase. Slower cycles & fewer new purchases : 19% of software purchases are net new in 2023 ; just 17% in Q3. Still about 1-in-5, but down from 30% last year.

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Nightwatch Review

The Daily Egg

Whether you’re creating reports to audit your site or you’re optimizing your website to enhance keyword visibility, there’s a lot of steps. The post Nightwatch Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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?Seize the Savings: Cyber Promo for Nimble CRM! ?

Nimble - Sales

Cyber Week Savings Ready to jumpstart your 2024 business growth? Well, there’s no better time to join tens of thousands of Happy Nimble CRM customers than today! We created these Cyber Week special offers for our new customers to take advantage of our biggest sale of the year! Register for a free 14-day trial. For […] The post ?Seize the Savings: Cyber Promo for Nimble CRM!

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Join FastSpring at SaaS North 2023!

FastSpring

Looking to join SaaS founders and tech enthusiasts who are discussing the most innovative trends for SaaS companies? If so, join FastSpring at the SaaS North November 15-16th! We’d love to talk with you in person at booth B70! Since 2016, SaaS North has been recognized as THE Canadian hub for rapidly-scaling SaaS founders and their teams. If you’re in SaaS, you need to be in Ottawa, at the Shaw Centre to help build a thriving ecosystem of the most promising SaaS entrepreneurs, investors, and exe

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I Tried X Premium (Twitter Blue) for 3 Months — Here’s What Happened

Buffer Resources

X, formerly known as Twitter, has gone through a lot of changes since its ownership changed hands in November 2022. One of the most notable ones is its paid tier, which has seen name and design changes and many (many) additions to its list of features. So much has happened with this paid tier known as X Premium (RIP Twitter Blue) that it can be overwhelming for users considering it to go through and understand if it’s right for them.

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Dear SaaStr: If You Just Received a $10m-$15m Funding Round, What Should You Actually Use It For?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: If You Just Received a $10m-$15m Funding Round, What Should You Actually Use it For? If you’ve raised $10m-$15m, I’m assuming you are somewhere between $2m and $10m in ARR (revenue). The most important thing you can do at a high level is to go hire Great VPs. A great VP of Sales to keep the engine scaling A great VP of Marketing to keep the leads coming in A great VP of Customer Success to make all those hard won customers happy After $5m-$6m in ARR or so, it’s really hard to

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SaaS: How They’re Turning Payments Into Profit Centers

Discover how top SaaS companies are earning up to $700k + and zero upfront cost with Usio Integrated Payments.

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Managing Data as Product : Office Hours with Philip Zelitchenko

Tom Tunguz

On December 14th at 9.30 am Pacific, Office Hours will host Philip Zelitchenko , VP of Data at ZoomInfo to discuss Managing Data as Product. Recently, Philip shared his management techniques to run a data team like a standard product software development function with some key nuances. I asked him to join us on Office Hours to share his perspective because we believe data and software engineering practices converge.

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Tidio Review

The Daily Egg

Live chat solutions for your website or ecommerce store are a thing of the past. Well, kind of. More accurately, they’re in. The post Tidio Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Totango named 3x TrustRadius “Best of” award winner in customer success

Totango

TrustRadius, a renowned platform for transparent business technology reviews, announced its 2023 Best of Awards, with Totango emerging as a triple winner. We were recognized for our strength in end-to-end relationships, overall value, and leading features and functionality. Totango’s customer success software drives cross-functional enterprise teams toward enhanced productivity, retention, and growth.